- an apparatus for representing the positions, motions, and phases of the planets, satellites, etc., in the solar system.
- any of certain similar machines, as a planetarium.
Origin of orrery
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Historical Examples of orrery
The first orrery was constructed by the Earl of Orrery (c. 1700).The Romance of Words (4th ed.)
The machinery of the heavens is much simpler than that of an orrery.Letters on Astronomy
Orrery's "Altemira" was not produced till long after his death.
His countenance, says Orrery, could be terribly expressive of the sterner passions.Swift
He was the improver of that noble instrument the Orrery, which, in honour of him, was called after his name.Chelsea
- a mechanical model of the solar system in which the planets can be moved at the correct relative velocities around the sun
Word Origin for orrery
1713, invented c.1713 by George Graham and made by instrument maker J. Rowley, who gave a copy to his patron, Charles Boyle, 4th Earl of Orrery (Cork) and named it in his honor.